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Ella From The BBC Vaults

Sunday 8 July, 8.30pm
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Ella Fitzgerald was one of the greatest artists of the 20th Century. Having won nearly every singing honour around the world – from 12 Grammy awards to the National Medal of Arts – she remains a jazz and soul icon. The performances in this collection are taken from BBC programmes from 1965 to 1977, and…

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Etta James Dies at 73

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She was known as the Matriarch of R&B, and for good reason. Etta James’ earthy voice and spitfire personality made her one of the most loved blues singers of her generation. The legendary performer passed away last week, aged 73, after a two year battle with leukaemia. This was not the only war she had…

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The Artist On Film

Thursday 2 February, 8.30pm
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  STUDIO showcases the most extraordinary artists of the past century in the brilliant films that capture their lives and their work. Tune in on Thursday nights throughout February, for our celluloid celebration of influential artists and literary figures. Surviving Picasso – Thursday 2 February 8.30pm Anthony Hopkins and Julianne Moore star in this intriguing…

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Madeleine Peyroux: Live at Los Angeles

Sunday 5 February, 7.30pm
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This 2009 concert showcases jazz chanteuse Madeleine Peyroux, in the intimate setting of a Los Angeles club. Accompanied by a superb live band, Peyroux debuts songs from her fourth album Bare Bones, as well as covering classic hits from iconic singers including Leonard Cohen, Edith Piaf, Serge Gainsbourg and Bob Dylan.  With a stunning voice…

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Hugh Laurie – Down By The River

Wednesday 1 February, 8.30pm
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  Television’s highest paid actor and star of surprising hit House released his debut album of blues and jazz in 2011. This documentary follows his journey to New Orleans to explore the roots of the music he loves. Hugh Laurie discusses his inspirations, in this special from long-time friend Stephen Fry’s production company.

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Harry Connick Jr: In Concert on Broadway

Sunday 25 December, 8.30pm
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Grammy Award-winning crooner Harry Connick, Jr takes the stage at New York’s Neil Simon Theatre in his first Broadway concert appearance in two decades. Filmed over two nights in July 2010, this concert presents 42-year-old Connick, Jr. at his most enthralling. He brings an eternally youthful energy to his 15-day sold-out Broadway run, yet the…

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